Kamikaze Ceremony, PD Tokyo; Way Of Life, Tokyo 1945-10-27 - 1945-11-01
Recreation of a kamikaze ceremony at a Japanese air field in Autumn of 1945 and footage of life in occupied Tokyo.
Description from the National Archives: REEL 1: Chofu, Japan.
41' MLS inside a Shinto Shrine, four Kamikaze pilots dressed in flying gear, walk towards camera and bow towards shrine.
45' MLS Same as above.
17' MS Low angle showing the four pilots lined up abreast and bowing.
18' CU Low angle from L side.
89' MS This scene was recreated at a Japanese airfield. It shows four pilots standing in front of a small table where the saki is placed. At the other end is their commander. Here they drink their farewell toast, etc., etc.
76' MC Another angle of the pilots as they salute their commander, about face and walk towards their planes.
17' MC Frame shot of three pilots, then a slow pan to the fourth one and the commander. All are shown drinking their farewell toast from the saki cups.
REEL 2: Tokyo, Japan.
31' A large factory in the Tokyo area that escaped the fire raid. In the foreground, the factory's own fire department puts on a demonstration showing the type of equipment used. Misc. shots showing equipment and the workers.
10' LS Air raid shelter on grounds of radio and camera factory. Workers open door and enter shelter.
9' CU Same as above.
8' CU Interior scene, worker at bench lathe.
18' CU Same as above.
13' CU Another worker and lathe.
7' MCU Showing line of lathes.
5' CU Worker and lathe.
8' LS Group of workers and lathe. Fraternization in Tokyo. American sailors and Japanese girls out for a stroll. There is a pan to show the stubby feet and bobby socks. Scenes to show group and their reaction.
31' MLS Soldiers and girls walk along the roadway leading from Imperial palace.
19' MLS Same as above.
31' LS Same as above.
19' MCU Faces of the four soldiers and two Japanese girls who appear in the above scenes. This is a very slow pan down to their feet.
32' LS Shows American GIs walking their post in front of the main entrance to Imperial Palace. Several shots.
59' MLS CU MPs on guard at Palace grounds, present arms to a group of American officers. They stand talking and are told that they are not permitted to go any further. It is off limits to all Allied troops.
15' Scenic shot of the Palace as seen from outside. In the foreground, two Japanese women and small child are shown walking toward Palace.
19' LS Main entrance to Palace, American soldiers on guard walk post, others are walking toward Palace.
12' LS Reverse shot showing soldiers walking towards Palace. In the background is the Meiji Building.
26' LS Several cut shots showing American soldiers on guard. Guard returns salute to a group of American officers that pass by.
16' MS Same as above.
17' Reverse angle showing action from rear of guard and shooting at the officers as they walk up to the sentry and return his rifle salute. American soldiers walking toward camera, and more soldiers sitting on the grass talking to Japanese girls.
23' MLS Main entrance to Imperial Palace, as scene opens a group of American soldiers walk toward camera.
23' MS Same as above.
6' MC Two GIs and two Japanese girls sit on grass talking.
24' CU One of the soldiers and his girl friend talking.
11' MS Air raid shelter, slit trench type.
25' MCU Same shelter as above. Civilians in trench then they walk out and toward camera.
16' CU Group of Japanese boys fishing above a dock.
12' LS Same as above.
11' Fire gutted building in background Tokyo, in foreground a shack.
7' CU Make-shift shack used as living quarters.
5' Reverse angle of shack. Another angle of shack.
7' Another angle of shack, woman in foreground.
12' Girl holding cat in her arms.
8' LS Tin roof shack among the ruins of modern structures.
10' MCU Shack and its owner. 8' Same as above.
23' Various cuts of same type shack.
4' CU Rusted ruins.
5' CU Shack and ruins.
23' Unidentified object.
12' Shack area along main street.
22' Shack area, various cuts.
12' MS Japanese women and man near water faucet outdoors. Taken amid the rubble of a congested residential section. Flimsy homes in background.
13' CU Women washing dishes.
8' LS Same as above, vegetable garden in foreground.
8' MS Same as above.
8' CU Same as above.
10' CU Same as above.
23' MLS Typical Japanese homes that escaped fire.
8' Same as above.
22' Same as above, small Japanese boys playing in rubble.
20' USSBS Jeep No. 9 with group of women and children about.
7' Same as above.
17' Same as above.
20' CU Children shown above.
17' Four children pose for camera.
36' MCU Same children walk to camera.
100' Typical firehouse in the city of Tokyo. As the scene opens, the fire trucks are leaving the firehouse. As the last truck leaves, a pan follows them down the street.
MLS Trucks shown racing along the street.
MLS Fire truck passing a busy intersection in the Nihonbashi district. In the foreground, a policeman waves the fire truck thru traffic.
21' LS Large building with smoke pouring out of fourth floor window, trucks go by camera.
20' MS Firemen dismount dragging hose behind them.
5' MS Hook and ladder in action.
6' LS Building on fire.
7' MC Fireman stretches hose to fire plug.
11' MLS Building on fire.
6' MC Fireman with length of hose.
10' CU Hose (note leaks and patches).
4' MLS Activity of firemen.
5' MLS Hook and ladder against building. Firemen mount ladder and go into the fire.
9' MC Street scene, firemen and activity. 17' CU Scene as Japanese fireman walks toward an underground fire hydrant. he opens the steel cover and then takes a large rod which is used to open the main valve. To the L of frame, another fireman stands by holding hose in hands and standing by ready to make connection onto valve.
5' CU Fireman making hose connection to hydrant.
18' MLS A group of factory workers separate a small mobile hand pump under the direction of the Metropolitan Tokyo Fire Department. This is one method used by the Japanese to combat the fire raids of the 29s.
14' MLS Same action as above, different angle.
11' MCU Women operating the hand pump.
15' MCU Typical Japanese firemen of the Tokyo Fire Department. The scene shows a fireman and his truck while the chief stands by giving directions and hand gestures.
10' CU Fire hydrant, underground flush type. Complete demonstration showing the method used to open and close.
14' MS Hose, truck, and firemen. As the scene opens, the firemen remove portable hose reel from truck and cart it to the fire hydrant.
5' MC Firemen drag hose to hook and ladder.
80' MLS Street scene showing a fire truck racing to scene of fire. Truck stops by underground flush type hydrant. Firemen dismount and rush hose from truck to hydrant. In the background, another fire truck arrives on the scene.
8' MLS Fire watch tower near harbor on ground of the Tokyo fire boat house.
10' CU Of tower.
23' Hose hung from tower to dry. Two takes, one stationary , the second a slow pan up along the tower.
54' Same as above.
15' LS Typical Air raid shelter.
9' CU Same as above.
6' Another type of shelter.
17' LS Same as above, pan.
8' CU Ruins of machinery.
7' LS Air raid shelter.
6' LS Air raid shelter used as a home.
8' MLS Reverse angle of an air raid shelter.
8' MLS Second story of ruined building now used as a house.
8' CU Same as above.
12' CU Same as above.
107' LS A small park along the Ginzan Way in Tokyo. The scene shows a group of small air raid shelters in the park and are constructed of earth and bamboo reinforcement. They are about six feet deep and probably have a capacity of about 20 or 25 persons. No concrete was used at all in construction. It is just a hole in the earth. The old woman shown in one of the scenes is sitting outside one of the shelters, enjoying the sunshine, and eating her lunch. Many people use these shelters in Tokyo.
10' MC Shell type, double mouth fire plug which is typical type used all over the Tokyo area.
8' MS Small air raid shelter which is made of earth, wood beams, and cross bars.
9' MC Concrete and earth fill air raid shelter. Two children stand at door and then walk to camera.
28' MS Street scene near Electric Building. Pedestrians walk toward camera.
108' American sailors and Japanese girls out for a stroll in front of the Palace. Several cuts to show action.
Misc. shot showing the side entrance to the Palace. This is one of the many entrances to the grounds. All entrances are guarded by US soldiers 24 hours daily. American soldiers and sailors strolling along the sidewalk near this outer most of Imperial Palace Tokyo. Several cuts.
National Archives Identifier: 23670
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